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From: "dean and faye alley" <>
Subject: Fw: History of the Tatum Family
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 00:51:41 -0500

There are Tatums listed at the Web Site listed below: Also pictures and
informations on some of the Tatum families. I didn't find my Tatums, but
perhaps some of you other researchers might come across some of your
Subject: History of the Tatum Family

> http://www.rootsquest.com/~tatomwj/tatom.htm
> There were two Tatum families living in the United
> States in the mid 1600's. The more numerous family
> was descended from Samuel Tatam who settled in
> Bermuda before 1626. He had at least three sons:
> Nathaniel, whose descendants were in Prince George and Charles
> City Counties, Virginia ; Nehemiah, whose descendants lived in
> West Jersey and Long Island; and Samuel, whose descendants
> lived in Prince George County, Virginia. From these locations, the
> family spread into Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina,
> Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. See Randy
> Lewis's excellent website, The Tatum Archives, for information on
> this branch of the Tatum clan.
> The focus of this website is the other Tatum/Tatom family that
> originated in King William County, Virginia (formed from land
> originally in New Kent County). The ancestry of this family is
> unknown. Tracing this family is difficult because few King William
> County records exist dated before 1865. The key document in
> establishing the family ties is the Will of Susannah Tatum
> Fullilove.
> She had no children of her own, so she left her property to her
> brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and step-children. In
> addition to Susannah, the siblings are identified as: John Tatum,
> who moved to Granville County, NC and later lived in Wilkes
> County, GA; Stephen Tatum, who moved to Spotsylvania County,
> VA with some of his children going to Dickson County, TN (a
> history of Stephen's family entitled "Stephen Tatum and His
> Descendents" written by Walter Tatem was published in Dallas in
> 1971); Nancy Tatum Graves who lived in Granville or Orange
> County, NC; Jemima Tatum Carrington, wife of James Carrington
> of Orange County, NC; Sarah Tatum Chandler possibly wife of
> Joseph Chandler who had come to Granville County, NC from
> Lunenburg County, VA; and Benjamin Tatum.
> Several researchers have claimed to trace the antecedents of some
> of these siblings, but when compared to the siblings listed in
> Susannah's will, it becomes apparent that they have not found the
> correct family. Some claim his father was named John, but their
> evidence is very circumstantial and I cannot state it as a fact
> until I
> see more corroborating information. See the Mysteries Section for
> a fuller discussion of this topic.
> Benjamin (my great-great-great-great-great grandfather) was born
> in King William County, VA abt. 1730. Records of his antecedents
> are difficult to find because the New Kent County courthouse, and
> most of the records stored there, was destroyed during the Civil
> War. Several families related by marriage, the Fulliloves,
> Craftons,
> and Gravets, moved to Lunenburg County, VA, and Benjamin
> presumably went with them, or followed shortly thereafter. He is
> found in tax records in Lunenburg in 1752. He became very
> prosperous and at his death he owned 1400 acres in Lunenburg
> and adjoining Charlotte Counties. His estate was valued at close to
> 3000 pounds and included 42 slaves. The identity of his wife is a
> Mystery except that Court papers settling his estate list his
> wife's
> first name as Mary. Benjamin, surprisingly because of his great
> wealth, left no will and his estate became the subject of a
> protracted law suit. From these records we obtained the names of
> his children and in some cases of his grandchildren (he outlived
> his
> older children). His children as listed in court records were:
> Reuben, who married Ann Crafton; Joseph, who married Mary
> _____; Orana, who married William Fullilove; William, who
> married Mary Crenshaw; Susanna, who married John Haley;
> Mary, who married Daniel Lafoe; Sarah, who married Elam Lewis;
> Gravet, who married Nancy Roberts; Wealthy, who married John
> Munday; Charity, who married James Robertson; John, who
> married Mary _____; Benjamin G., who married Mary ______;
> and Lucy, who was unmarried at her father's death and has not
> been found after 1816.
> His eldest son, Reuben, seems to have been the black sheep of the
> family, never really amounting to much and having no property. He
> died rather young and, having no property to care for or to work,
> his children left the area for "greener pastures" elsewhere.
> Reuben's
> children were: Crafton; Benjamin; Elizabeth, who married _____
> Lester; Sally, who married Cadwalleder Jones; Polly, who married
> Henry Stokes; Nancy; and Lucy. I have conditionally accepted
> Reuben Jr. as the second oldest son (as noted in the Mysteries
> Section). Some have also suggested that there was another son
> named John, but no direct evidence of his existence has been found
> (see Mysteries Section).
> Reuben's son, Crafton, married his first cousin, Susanna Fullilove
> (Orena's daughter), and when the Fulliloves migrated to Madison
> County, KY, Crafton and Susanna went with them (or followed
> shortly) in 1795 or '96 and they were listed in the county tax
> records for 1800. In KY their nine children were born. The next
> move seems to have been led by some of his daughters. Matilda
> and North America married Flinn brothers, Squire and William.
> The Flinn family was one of the two first families to settle in
> Lawrence County, IN, around 1813. Another daughter, Lucy,
> married Thomas Dixon and they were in Lawrence County by
> around 1820. Crafton and most of the rest of the family seem not
> to have arrived until about 1830. Of Crafton's other children,
> Orena married Reuben Turner, William married Tilothy Perkins,
> Gravet married Elizabeth Perkins (Tilothy's sister), Elizabeth
> married Walter Maddox, Susanna married Patrick Hamilton, and
> Rebecca married William Fullilove. Lucy, Matilda, North America,
> and Gravet died before Crafton.
> THE FULLILOVE CONECTION: It is not unusual on the frontier
> for siblings of neighboring families to marry each other. Eligible
> mates were few. But in the case of the Tatums and Fulliloves it
> goes beyond the normal alliances. Thomas Fullilove came from
> England to King William County, Virginia about 1702. By 1762, at
> least some of the family had moved to Lunenburg County, Virginia,
> where they were neighbors of Benjamin Tatum. When some of the
> family moved to Madison County, Kentucky, Crafton Tatum went
> with them. The Tatums and Fulliloves intermarried at least six
> times
> in four different generations in King William and Lunenburg
> Counties, Virginia, in Orange County, North Carolina, and in
> Madison County, Kentucky. Benjamin's sister, daughter, neice,
> grandson, and great granddaughter married Fulliloves.
> Other Tatum families came into the United States in the 1800's
> from Ireland, Scotland, and Canada. With the better record
> keeping methods of that time, these families are easier to trace
> than
> the early arrivals.

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